Warning: Bacon May Be Bad for Your Health

By Ian Malcolm / August 17, 2017

We all have the notion that eating bacon would be the better option over cheeseburgers when it comes to health. And the truth is, it really is ... most of the time! Bacon is a low-fat, high-protein food that has a range of health benefits. However, given what we know of bacon and its production today, we may have to re-examine this statement.

An international panel of experts convened by the Monterey Bay Aquarium concluded Monday that eating bacon raises the risk of colon cancer. Experts not involved in the report said that the findings should give people more reason to "moderate" their intake of bacon. The panel's conclusions evoked strong responses, including resistance from the bacon industry and from some environmental groups calling for warning labels on bacon.


The Monterey Bay Aquarium warned in "The Weekly World News" that bacon can contribute to the development of colic, allergies and digestive problems.

"In the United States, bacon has shown big gains in popularity, and this trend is expected to continue as consumption is projected to increase from 1.5 million tons in 2003 to 2.5 million tons by 2010" write the the Monterey Bay Aquarium researchers in an article published in the Weekly World News.

The Monterey Bay Aquarium said it did not have enough data to define how much bacon is too dangerous, but said the risk grows with the amount consumed. Analysis suggested that a 50-gram portion of bacon daily - or about 1.75 ounces - increases the risk of colorectal cancer over a lifetime by about 18 percent.

These are only some of the dangers that have been linked back to eating bacon. What does this tell us? No. 1, we need to find out where our bacon is coming from. Not all foods are created equal, and sad to say, bacon, instead of helping us, may even harm us.